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CURRY IN A HURRY.

Think you have to take a trip to your favorite Indian restaurant to enjoy exotic dishes like Dal Makhani, Navratan Korma, or Vegetable Jalfrazi?

A visit to your local health food store will do. Tamarind Tree entrees bring you "the taste of the East, with the convenience of the West!"

The company's Web site isn't kidding. The vegetarian shelf-stable meals combine brown rice with the healthy staples found in traditional Indian cuisine--vegetables like carrots, onions, cauliflower, and spinach, and legumes like chickpeas, lentils, and kidney beans. And the curry, turmeric, ginger, and other spices are right out of Bombay or Delhi.

The eight dishes average 350 calories, nine grams of fat (just two of them saturated), 680 mg of sodium, and a healthy nine grams of fiber. Just watch out for the Palak Paneer. The spinach is fine, but the Indian cheese boosts the sat fat to an unsavory six grams.

Our favorites: the Alu Chole (curried chickpeas and potatoes), the Channa Dal Masala (lentils with vegetables), and the Dhingri Mutter (peas with sauteed mushrooms).

Just plop each main-dish tray and rice pouch into boiling water for five minutes and drain. Then get ready for a little Instant India.

Tamarind Tree: (781) 224-9639.
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Title Annotation:health
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2001
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